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December 24 2017

Weekend Link Love — Edition 483

By Mark Sisson
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weekend_linklove in-lineResearch of the Week

Interval training before an all-nighter mitigates the sleep deprivation-induced insulin resistance.

Early retirees may increase their risk of early death.

The size of wine glasses in England has increased about six-fold since the 1700s.

Daily leafy greens linked to lower cognitive decline.

Poorer women are heavier than richer women. Both poorer and richer men are equally obese.

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Interesting Blog Posts

The 70 year-old Belarussian using strength training to fight aging. The quotes are gold.

Media, Schmedia

What happens when a registered dietitian goes keto.

Everything Else

Did you know Santa Claus used to be diabetic? It’s true, and a low-carb, high-fat diet fixed him right up.

Look into the eyes of a chicken and you will see real stupidity. It is a kind of bottomless stupidity, a fiendish stupidity. They are the most horrifying, cannibalistic and nightmarish creatures in the world.”

We’re having an effect.

How our relentless pursuit of happiness is taking us further from it.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

I enjoyed reading this: A doctor skeptical of statin safety and effectiveness rebuts his critics.

I’m just glad I ordered mine in time: Amazon reconsiders its DIY circumcision kits.

Concept I’m pondering: The reverse bucket list.

Yet another refutation of “gelatin is a useless protein, bro”: Gelatin makes exercise even more protective against bone loss.

Productivity hack that works: 10 minute training session.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Dec 24– Dec 30)

Comment of the Week

The best tech-based mood adjuster I’ve found is a little app called WeCroak. Five times a day, it reminds you that you’re going to die and gives you some lovely quote to ponder. Wonderful for maintaining perspective.

– That’s genius, Kevin.

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  1. I worried about stories that early retirement meant early death back when I was considering leaving my job in Ken Korg’s IT department. I learned that there are two reasons early retirees die early. First, some people retire early because their health is poor already. Second, some people (particularly men due to our cultural expectations of men) whose identity and social networks depend on their career fail to thrive in retirement. I retired and volunteer with some of the healthiest happiest retired men I know doing habitat restoration, physical outdoor work. I’m confident I’ve extended my lifespan by retiring early. I’d hate to think that reports of people dying of early retirement would encourage people to keep slogging in unhealthy jobs.

    1. Very good, I agree with you 100%. I chose not to retire because I have a good job, I like what I do. If that had not been the case I would retire and I have a gazillion interests to keep me busy in my expected lifespan of 160 🙂 (I am 65 now)

    2. Agree completely. I retired early and have never been happier or healthier. I didn’t really like my job, plus the killer rotating shifts were very hard on me. I never got enough sleep and developed chronic insomnia that took me years to overcome.

      It all depends on how one feels about their job. Some people think their usefulness as human beings is finished when they retire. Others think their job is who they are. I’ve never seen any statistics, but I suspect the vast majority of these people are men. Women seem to find it much easier to move on to something else after retirement, and, in fact, may not be inclined to take their jobs quite so seriously in the first place.

  2. Good reading and thanks for the intro to ergo-logo website; it looks interesting. Now how about the bison’s who lined up to watch one them being carried away?

  3. As a farmer, it is annoying to hear some of the language used about my industry.

    Livestock has been eating grass for as long as we have been domesticating them. How come feeding them something else, suddenly be “traditional”? The contradiction should be obvious.

    70% of the earth’s land surface is classified as “rangelands”…… that is, land that can be grazed, but is not suitable for crop production. There are a LOT of animals out there, eating grass. Over 90% of the cattle and sheep in my country are on pasture right now……. and Australia exports a great deal of meat to the US. I will be sending young sheep to slaughter next week, and they have never seen a feedlot.

  4. i would love to retire early – but after a trip to Walmart – i’m frightened by the fact our health insurance costs are going to go through the roof – will keep me from retiring early – judging from what the generation behind me looks like – plus what i see them purchase – loads of mountain dew and chips along with everything else from a box of things that try to represent real food – i wanna slam my head against the wall – its not that hard – i know its Walmart – but it doesn’t have to be that way – its not just the generation behind me -its also the one i belong to – i’m 47 by the way – and hope this didn’t come off as mean – God bless and Merry Christmas

  5. Great stuff here as always! Loved the article from the RD who went keto…after 30 days she felt the best she ever has. Pretty impressive And I like the whole concept of the reverse bucket list…I’m all about being thankful for what you have accomplished. I’ve just never liked the term “bucket list.” I just have a huge list of things I want to do. It keeps growing because each new experience makes me realize other things I want to try.

  6. Circumcision is sexual assault. Prosecute. It is my body, my penis, my foreskin, my sexuality, my life, my choice: Keep the ^%$#@ knife away. What is pathetic is the hypocrisy of women screaming MY BODY, MY SEXUALITY, MY CHOICE then they mutilate their sons for life. It is just wrong.

  7. Beautifully smooth smackdown by the anti-statin doc. Thanks for all the great Links this year.

  8. The income v obesity chart for men only diverged after the turn of the century and doesn’t show a clear trend. Every three year point is different. I’m inferring that since women just get lighter as they get richer, it doesn’t matter where you make boundaries. But, men are divided by something that correlates with salary that these boundaries failed to capture.